More than Okay!! (OK Jaanu – Music Review

Overwhelming is something that AR Rahman tries to do in every album. While this is a remake of a critically and publicly acclaimed Tamil flick Ok Kanmani, Rahman has tried to keep the deja vu aside and create something fresh for Hindi listeners. His music has always been unpredictable and that’s exactly what OK Jaanu has – unpredictability.

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Music: A.R. Rahman;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: Sony Music


1. OK Jaanu – Singers: A.R. Rahman, Srinidhi Venkatesh – An antara-less track that is upbeat, catchy and has a nostalgic Rahman hook. Srinidhi unfortunately has got just one line, the song belongs to the composer whose singing has always been an appealing element in a song. Vintage Rahman.


2. Enna Sona – Singer: Arijit Singh – A breezy romantic Arijit lending his voice for a song which doesn’t sound like a Rahman composition, just because it’s so simple. No experimentation has been done in this Guitar-led arranged song which is so impeccably rendered by Arijit. It could have been a Tanishk or an Arko composition. Not-so-Rahman.


3. Jee Lein – Singers: Savithri R. Prithvi, Arjun Chandy, Neeti Mohan – This is something that is highly experimental. It contains n number of techno sounds upon which Savithri’s vocals create a sort of enchanting atmosphere. Neeti Mohan keeps giving her special appearances which is the most melodious and reliable part of the song. A well-crafted interlude could have worked more.


4. Kaara Fankaara – Singers: Paroma Das Gupta, Shashaa Tirupati, Hard Kaur, ADK, kaly, Ashima Mahajan – A hook which is dragged through the entire song with Dubstep giving an edge to it. Lots of well-arranged vocals and lots of EDM sounds create a pretty good impact, though one wishes if the hook could be more elaborate espcially when the track crosses three minutes. The duration should have been shorter, unless there’s some latent intention to it. 


5. Saajan Aayo Re – Singers: Jonita Gandhi, Nakash Aziz – A raga based song that Jonita has efficiently managed though I personally felt that a maturer voice was needed. Nakash potentiates the song as soon as he enters with quite an un-Nakash singing. More work on instrumentation was expected. Surprisingly, the song approaches towards fusion, though thankfully it doesn’t reach there.


6. Maula Wa Sallim – Singer: A.R. Ameen – An aptly pious creation from A.R. Rahman, sung by his son A.R. Ameen which is a devotional song that Rahman has directly kept from the original Tamil film Ok Kanmani. His vocals are as pure as the composition. The song says – “O Mawla! Send prayers and peace always and forever. Upon Your beloved, the best out of all of Creation.” An extremely well-programmed track as well.


7. Sunn Bhavara – Singer: Shashaa Tirupati – Another raga based song which is accentuated by Shashaa’s fitting vocals. Tabla has a prominent role, aptly supporting her vocals at definite pauses. This is arguably the best track in this album. It’s a delight to hear, and a delight for the ears. 


8. The Humma Song – Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati, Badhshah;  Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi, Badshah (Original Composition: A.R. Rahman);  Lyrics: Mehboob – So, the famous Rahman’s Humma Humma has been recreated by Tanishk and Badshah and that has been done with sheer delight! One of the best remade songs I have heard in recent times. The way the song has been programmed, and I am sure that would have been done under Rahman’s guidance, is praiseworthy. Shashaa shows how amazingly versatile she is, and Jubin has finally got a big ticket to rise high now.


A Romantic mainstream film, set in present time, having raga based classical songs, well that’s surprising. And well, A.R. Rahman is surprising. 

Worth Listening: Enna Sona, OK Jaanu, The Humma Song

Worth Trying: Sunn Bhavara, Mawla Wa Sallim, Saajan Aayo Re

The Final Verdict:  4/5


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3rd Annual Musical Sameekshaa Awards 2015 (Results)

Thank you everybody who voted. May the most deserving nominee win in every category.

Here are the Results: 


TECHNICAL Awards:

Best Engineer: DJ Phukan, Sunny MR, Nikhil Paul George, Tanuj Tiku, Jim Satya – Premika (Dilwale)

Best Arranger: Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)


DEBUT Awards:

Best Debut Singer (Female): Payal Dev – Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Debut Singer (Male): Sayed Asrar Shah – Afghan Jalebi (Phantom)

Best Debut Composer: Tanishk-Vayu – Banno (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Best Debut Lyricist: Kunal Vermaa – Hasi (Humari Adhuri Kahani)


MAINSTREAM Awards:

Best Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer (Male): Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha) & Arijit Singh – Aayat (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Singer Jodi: Shreya Ghoshal & Vaishali Made – Pinga (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Composer (Song): AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Best Lyricist: Irshad Kamil – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Best Composer (Album): Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet & Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Song: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Best Album: Bajrangi Bhaijaan – T-Series

Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Atif Aslam, Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Jubin Nautiyal, KK, Javed Ali & Papon

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kausar Munir, Neelesh Mishra, Mayur Puri & Shabbir Ahmed


SPECIAL Awards:

Best Backing Vocals / Chorus: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga, Geetikka Manjrekar – Albela Sajan (Bajirao Mastani) 

Best Use of an Instrument: Accordion by AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Song That Provided Wholesome Entertainment: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Imtiaz Ali, T-Series)

Golden Melody of the Year: Janam Janam – Dilwale (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Height of Consistency: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Singer & Lyricist)

Most Unique Soch: Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Surprise of the Year: Piku – Zee Music Company 

Singers: Anupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan

Music: Anupam Roy

Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy

Most Underrated Album of the Year: Bombay Velvet – Sony Music / Zee Music Company

Singers: Shefali Alvares, Neeti Mohan, Papon, Mohit Chauhan

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya


 

Musical Sameekshaa Crown:

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Neeti Mohan (for her outstanding performance in Bombay Velvet)

 

The Superb Seven!! (Musical Recap – 2015)

The year 2015 has successfully ended with a super hit album Dilwale through which we relived the 90s era in through modern glasses. It was the year which gave many successful albums and hit numbers though these seven albums were worth writing about. All these seven albums got the highest verdict AGREE. So, what actually was there in these albums which keeps in a superior position to rest of the albums? Let’s relive this year once again with these superb seven albums.


Hawaizaada – This multi-composer album flied with creativity in the very beginning of the year. The album was filled with nine amazing compositions. Out of nine Mangesh Dhakde, a debutante, had four songs to his credit. He quite well understood the flavor of the album and delivered three songs according to that and impressed in just one go! Rochak Kohli got three, out of which Daak Ticket was the most impressive composition sung by Mohit Chauhan. Out of the rest two, one was by Ayushmann, who composed a song out of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal, and the other by Vishal Bhardwaj which created quite an impression. Unfortunately, the film sank at the box office and hence the music could not get the due recognition. Some of them which aired on TV got noticed by people, like Daak Ticket, Maaza My Lord and Dil-E-Nadaan.


Badlapur – The very next month came Sachin-Jigar’s Badlapur. This album was filled with surprises as one never expected an action packed film to have such wonderful compositions. The album got the highest verdict inspite of having just three songs. But those three songs were outstandingly brilliant. The album consisted of a revenge song Jee Karda fabulously sung by Divya Kumar, a simple acoustic romantic track but with a very strong melody Jeena Jeena sung by Atif Aslam and a very experimental sad song Judaai, which had Rekha Bhardwaj singing on an unbelievably low scale along with Arijit Singh making the much needed emotional appeal. An album with just three songs, won the hearts of many.


Bombay Velvet – This is undoubtedly the best work of Amit Trivedi till date. This album was a complete Jazz album, and a very pure one, not at all adulterated with Bollywood style. Amit’s fabulous use of instruments, orchestration, arrangements and above all, Neeti Mohan, created a huge benchmark for others. Neeti Mohan with six out of nine songs, sprinkled her charm and showed what a valuable singer our industry has got. But it came with really bad fate. Film sank badly at the box office and except Mohobaat Buri Bimaari, none of the songs actually got recognition. But we just hope that in the coming years, this album will be counted among the magnum opus in our music industry and Amit’s effort will not go in vain.


ABCD 2 – Another Sachin-Jigar album that was filled with immense creativity, mostly in the way the songs had been programmed. It was a big album with ten songs each of which have ability to impress you with tremendous potential of sounds, arrangements and composition. The album had a Sun Saathiya, Chunar which has become my favorite song based on motherhood, and also an out-and-out commercial track like Tatoo. People thinking that with ABCD they got enough, were proved wrong in the sequel. ABCD 2 was another example to show the tremendous growth of Sachin-Jigar with each album.


Phantom – Pritam made a comeback this year after one year of rest and he came back with a bang! After delivering a totally commercial stuff Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he got into a very technical classy stuff in another Kabir Khan film Phantom. The album had just three songs but all three had enough potential to be included in this list of superb seven. Pritam introduced a fabulous singer Asrar in Afghan Jalebi which became quite a hit but unfortunately other two song Saaware sung by Arijit Singh and Nachde sung by Shahid Mallya went unnoticed. But with this album Pritam again showed that a massy composer like him can do wonders in these edgy soundtracks too.


Tamasha – AR Rahman never stops impressing. With Tamasha, his third collaboration with Imtiaz Ali, he came out with some of the massy stuff after quite a long time. Songs like Matargashti, Agar Tum Saath Ho, Wat Wat Wat and Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai, he proved everybody that he is still capable of producing catchy massy stuffs and has not forgotten what the ears of aam janta really want. The songs are being loved all over the country and yet again Rahman provided the much needed soul to this year’s music.


Bajirao Mastani – The soundtrack is still in the process of gaining popularity but Bhansali has delivered his career-best performance. This classically-tuned album has ten songs, each having beautifully composed tunes and arrangements, providing the much-needed indianness. With raga Poorvi and Bhopali Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shown what he is capable of and comfortably now secured a well-deserved place for himself among the country’s best composers. The year signed off with a classically rich soundtrack, hoping to come in notice of aam janta.


 

2015 – The year of Jazz and Classical

 

When AR Rahman goes catchy!! (Tamasha – Music Review)

AR Rahman – Irshad Kamil, one of the most successful jodis of composer-lyricist recently is back in an Imtiaz Ali romantic-comedy. This is definitely one of the most awaited soundtracks of the year.

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Music: AR Rahman;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;  Music Label: T-Series


1. Matargashti – Singer: Mohit Chauhan – This song is already at the top of all the charts. Needless to say how vibrant, variant and dynamic it is. The very jodi of Rockstar comprising of AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Mohit Chauhan and Ranbir Kapoor has again left us mesmerizing and crooning to this extremely cheesy catchy tune which has a feel-good comic flavor. Mohit Chauhan is occasionally good though. In the antara, he seems struggling a bit with immensely high notes and due to which Kamil’s lyrics is not entirely audible. The song is at its best when it goes into the Dev Anand mode, which Mohit Chauhan justifies it completely with all the lyrics that name Dev Anand’s films and songs. Irshad Kamil is terrific with lines like pheka naya paasa, phir de gayi jhaansa, ainve mujhe phaasa, chirkut zindagi you know. AR Rahman with an easy-on-ears tune after a very long time. A song that doesn’t need time to grow, as it is released already fully grown.


2. Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai – Singers: Mika Singh, Nakash Aziz – Mika Singh singing first time for AR Rahman is itself a news. Mika is quite aligned with Rahman’s composition because Rahman’s songs are composed in a way that do not give much highlight to lyrics that is written and Mika too never gives importance to the words that are written as he swallows most of the lyricist’s thoughts. Irshad Kamil’s expressive lyrics sticking to the situation has some of the very beautiful lines. Talking about the composition, well the tune is again very catchy and the arrangements are top notch, excellently avoiding the familiarity of the tune. Separating the swallowing of words issue, Mika is otherwise terrific with his vocals. An enjoyable track with excellent arrangements. 


3. Agar Tum Saath Ho – Singers: Alka Yagnik, Arijit Singh – Arijit has the ability to spellbind the listeners in just one octave and here he is singing in two octaves simultaneously which sounds awesome. The only romantic song of the album is surprisingly catchy enough to engage the listener in just one go! Alka Yagnik after a long time is heard mesmerizing with her mature efficient vocals. Arrangements are typical romantic yet superbly engaging. Kamil’s lyrics perfectly depict the romance and the pain in the song in the lines like mujhe lagta hai ki baatein dil ki, hoti lafzo ki dhokhebaazi and the lines like tum saath ho ya na ho kya fark hai, bedard thi zindagi, bedard hai. Heart-touching, emotionally as well as technically. 


4. Wat Wat Wat – Arijit Singh, Shashwat Singh – The composition is not so much intriguing and the Bhojpuri lyrics seems to try too hard to impress. The song basically relies on arrangements with surprising Shehnai and some unusual beats to which Arijit and Shashwat (the newcomer) impressively leave their marks. The first antara sounds delightful, the second one has a slight absurd ending though it is managed by Arijit very well. A fun track that needs a little time to be addictive to the listener.


5. Chali Kahani – Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Haricharan, Haripriya – Irshad Kamil has his excellence in this by writing a song on love stories by taking examples of different mythological characters portraying something outstanding that would get cleared in the film only. Sukhwinder is as usual justifying to the role he is given of a narrator while Haricharan and Haripriya, the two singers from the south leave the impact successfully. Arrangements are brilliant, one of the best I have seen this year so far. Wait for the film to release in order to leave its full impact. 


6. Safarnama – Singer: Lucky Ali – Personally, I was waiting for this song the most and personally, it disappointed me to the core. The tune is so plain, variation-less effort that completely fails to engage for long. It is Kamil’s lyrics that has somehow saved this song and a bit of nice arrangements too. Otherwise, Lucky Ali, doing a comeback in an ARR musical, goes a sheer wastage. It could have been one of a lifetime song, considering the beautiful lyrics and the engaging arrangements and the singer, if and only if the tune had atleast little variations. Disappointing for now. Hope it grows with time. 


7. Parade De La Bastille – Instrumental – An instrumental track which starts with AR Rahman’s humming that sounds purely devotional but soon changes the flavor to fully European with tremendously delightful instruments and their excellent way of playing and arranging makes it a must listen!


8. Tu Koi Aur Hai – Singer: AR Rahman, Alma Ferovic, Arjun Chandy – Built on the heavy orchestration, this song is a treat for Rahman fans. It is filled with his typicality of composing a tune that is flowing in any direction and not restricted to a certain pattern but then it’s not mind-friendly as in one can only start crooning after listening it numerous times due to its complications and free-flowing. Though one can’t blame Rahman for not making an easy-on-ears tune which leaves less scope for Kamil’s lyrics to spread its fragrance, as the instrumentation is so healthy and so effective, it can easily move without the use of words. Although not giving importance to the otherwise beautiful lyrics, this is song is forgiven for its hugely impacting instrumentation. 


If the song Safarnama is given time to grow, the whole album hardly has any flaw. Tamasha, as expected, is a Brilliant teaming effort of AR Rahman and Irshad Kamil. 


The Verdict Order:  AGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (November 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female): Alka Yagnik – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Mohit Chauhan – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Alka Yagnik & Arijit Singh – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

Composer of the Month (Song):  AR Rahman – Matargashti (Tamasha)

Lyricist of the Month:  Irshad Kamil – Tu Koi Aur Hai (Tamasha)

Composer of the Month (Album):  AR Rahman – Tamasha

Song of the Month: Matargashti – Tamasha (AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil)

Album of the Month:  Tamasha – T-Series

I – Music Review (Tamil)

This is the first music review of a Tamil film album as Musical Sameekshaa has extended its boundaries to Tamil, Telugu and Bengali film music. In the very first review, I find a very strange thing that this film “I” which is going to release on 9th January 2015, its music already got released 4 months back i.e on 15th September 2014. The film has been directed by a renowned Tamil director Shankar who has already worked with AR Rahman and given multiple hit albums. I_film_poster

 

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Music: AR Rahman;  Music Label: Sony Music

 

1. Mersalaayiten – Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Kabilan

Rahman begins the soundtrack with a catchy techno tuned song that pleasantly engages you but soon you come to know that it’s actually partially hollow from inside as he doesn’t seem to have worked much with the composition. Neeti has an amusing cameo though Anirudh unfortunately hardly leaves any impact with his singing, more because of the vocal processing. The Violin piece in the second interlude is worth appreciating and the arrangements have been taken care of charmingly by the composer. That techno tune is what makes you return again and again for this song.

 

2. Ennodu Nee Irundhaal / Ennodu Nee Irundhaal (Reprise) – Sunitha Sarathy, Sid Sriram / Chinmayi, Sid Sriram;  Lyrics: Kabilan

Sid Sriram has actually nailed this one. There’s not a single moment when you don’t praise his singing, except the ones where Sunitha has played her short but lovely role, balancing the soothe with her classically woven textural voice. Along with Sid, there’s Flute, Guitar and typical Rahman-ish vibrant Piano pieces that provide you the much needed comfort zone in this technically complex track but that comfort zone dies out when the perturbed sounding arrangements in the Electric Guitar piece take over, although thanks to Sid for presenting his knack for flexible singing. The same lines crooned by Chinmayi in the Reprise version, sounds even better and more profound as the sweetness of her vocals goes deep and gets intense. This version is less complex in arrangements and hence has the ability to get more listeners in comparison. Chinmayi in Reprise, Sid Sriram in original have spelled their magic beautifully!

 

3. Ladio – Singer: Nikita Gandhi;  Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Ladio is all about playing with techno sounds and Rahman has quite creatively played with that resulting it in sounding catchy, attractive and most importantly international. At one point, you forget that you are actually listening to a Tamil song. Nobody seems to be aware about the word “Ladio” but sounds like a mixture of Lady and Radio. Nikita Gandhi is pretty good with her singing, promisingly justified the genre of the track which is highly enjoyable and has an awesome international feel. 

 

4. Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal – Singers: Haricharan, Shreya Ghoshal;  Lyrics: Madhan Karky

That Guitar-led sound is somewhat very fascinating and catchy too, making the listeners draw by its melodic charm. Shreya and Haricharan are icings on the cake. They have taken this already charming composition to a completely different level, justifying each note of it. Rahman hasn’t used much instruments here as the Guitar is more than enough to fascinate you. It’s melodious to its core! A Must Listen track! #WelcomeSong

 

5. Aila Aila – Singers: Aditya Rao, Natalie Di Luccio;  Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Inspite of Natalie having done complete justice to what she is provided with, the song lacks goodness in the tune. Rahman has tried making it a “different” kind of track which upto certain extent, has worked in the form of excellent arrangements and setting up of the chorus, but lets the listeners down when you look out for a tune to croon. Aditya sounds pretty decent and Natalie’s operatic singing adds to the uniqueness of the track. Though “different” in many aspects, still gets boring after a certain point.

 

This soundtrack is all about showing Rahman’s quality of being a techno-savvy. Pookkale Satru Oyivedungal is a winner among all the tracks.

 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

Illuminati adopts Rahman-ism!! (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil – Music Review)

Because of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, Rahman got too much into technicality and the sound became quite heavy to be held by the lame listeners. Hence, he badly needed a massy work. What could be better than to compose for Imtiaz Ali’s brother’s debut film which is a Rom-Com, a genre which Rahman touches very occasionally but whenever he touches, he just nails it. Also, this album is special because it is the first time when AR Rahman and Amitabh Bhattacharya has worked together. Lekar_Hum_Deewana_Dil_poster

 

 

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Music: AR Rahman;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya;  Music Label: Eros Music

 

1. Khalifa – Singer: AR Rahman

When AR Rahman enters the cub zone, he makes you forget all the preconceptions of club music. The starting rap is ridiculous though. Experiments are quite dangerous at times. The Guitar riff after the rap sounds glamorous and the song gets the much needed attention when AR Rahman enters with his soulful voice. His pronunciation is again a problem here. He pronounces Khalifa bade as Khalifa bare. One more regular problem in his songs is that the lyrics do not get the required attention as we can hardly hear any word in the rap written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. But this lyricist always finds his own way to get attention as he again introduces a new word to Bollywood, Khalifa. This is an Arabic word which means successor.  Since this song is written for today’s youth, the word justifies its theme very well. Lack of coordination between music and lyrics.

 

2. Maloom – Singers: Hriday Gattani, Jonita Gandhi

This is a typical Rahman song which confuses you in the first listen and keeps on growing on you as you keep on listening to it. Its sweetness is discovered quite later when you start understanding the tune as the tune is quite complex. Rahman introduces a new singer Hriday Gattani whose voice perfectly matches this youthful song along with Jonita Gandhi whom he had used in Highway also. Jonita has a very unique kind of sweetness in her voice and brings freshness to the song. Guitar is mainly used throughout the song along with Drum and Whistle in some parts. Amitabh’s lyrics are damn good and fresh. It connects with the youth perfectly. The basic melody of this song has a slight 90’s Rahman touch which would be awesome for all time Rahman fans.

 

3. Ala Hada – Singer: Shiraz Uppal

The song starts with a grand Violin orchestra, followed by Matka and then unexpectedly, the simplest Guitar riff starts which is very unlike Rahman. After singing Raanjhana title track, Shiraz again delivers a beautiful melody for Rahman with his magnificent vocals. The line tere bagair is surprisingly too catchy to be belonged to the Rahman zone. That line is actually the soul of this song. You feel that Rahman-ish sanctity when you hear the bridge connecting antara to mukhda. Amitabh is again excellent with his lyrics, introducing another word Alahada. He should be termed as “Lyrical Dictionary”. It is one of the catchiest compositions of Rahman.

 

4. Mawali Qawwali – Singers: Raghav Mathur, Tanvi Shah

Remember the sounds? The Drums, the weird vocals? Yes, it’s that very song which was in the trailer. After sticking to the film’s script for quite a long time, Rahman and Amitabh has shown their typical madness in music and lyrics respectively. Chhapan chhuri, Chhattisgarhi, Akhiyaan teri Naxalwaadi. Amitabh has kept himself in his comfort zone for this song. Rahman’s madness is clearly heard just when the song starts. A lady singing in operatic style with weird vocal sounds is a thing which Rahman is known for. It also feels that all these mad sounds could have been avoided and it could be a much better, typical catchy Rom-Com song but since there’s Rahman, you can’t expect anything cliche from him. The lyrics are fun and good but there’s no connection of the whole song from the words mawali qawwali. It actually doesn’t depict any meaning. Not as exciting as it sounded in the trailer.

 

5. Beqasoor – Nakash Aziz, Shweta Pandit

You just can’t praise this song. You start finding words to express your feelings but you fail. It is beyond the limit of praise. It starts with the very Piano tune which you heard in the end of the trailer. Shweta Pandit with Nakash Aziz is one of the best jodis ever witnessed. The way they both have coordinated, singing different lines at the same time sounds fabulous. Nakash has finaly got his first romantic song. He has been known for desi dance numbers. He is also lucky to get the best song of the album. He is even luckier to get the best portion of this song. Its antara by Nakash is heavenly composed. It can be listed as one of the best compositions of Rahman. Amitabh has written it beautfully but honestly, music is so powerful that you hardly notice the goodness of lyrics. Damn Soulful. #WelcomeSong

 

6. Tu Shining – Singer: Hriday Gattani

It’s a very different kind of song that is impossible to be liked in the first attempt. It actually isn’t a strong composition. Rahman has kept arrangements in a way that when you listen to it as a whole song, it sounds cool. Lyrics also are meaningless and quite weak. Same lines have been repeated numerous times like a Honey Singh song. Hriday Gattani has saved this track by his full-of-energy youthful vocals. Completely situation-oriented. 

 

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil: People had started saying that Rahman now can’t compose massy tracks which are youth oriented but he has again shown his versatility. Khalifa is a nice club track which is inclined towards Rahman’s zone. The beats are very energetic, the tune also could have been the same. Mawali Qawwali and Tu Shining are the so-called massy tracks according to Rahman but they have been experimented too much. The actual massy track of this album is Maloom and Alahada. They are instant likable. Beqasoor is undoubtedly the best of this album and one of the best of Rahman. AR Rahman is happy because he can still understand youth very well and Amitabh Bhattacharya is happy just because he worked with AR Rahman for the first time. Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a beautiful combo of the “Musical Maestro” and the “Lyrical Dictionary”.

 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

Listeners Ki Sameekshaa  (Public Review)

  • For a moment forget Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an ARR album and listen to it! you will know how bad it is, all songs sound similar
  • #Beqasoor‬ turn out the best track from the “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil” soundtrack. It is so beautiful, enchanting & touching that you will lost in the world created by ‪#ARRahman‬ & ‪#AmitabhBhattacharya‬.
  • The cool quotient just got upped some more. Rahman ready to rock the charts with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. Amitabh Bhattacharya new age poet.

 

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A Masterpiece from the Maestro! (Kochadaiiyan (Hindi) – Music Review)

AR Rahman has been doing a lot of experimentation in his albums since he has won the Oscars. Rockstar, Raanjhana and the latest Highway were full of experiments. Specially, Highway was an overdose of experiments. The composer made it so heavy that it became uneasy for an ordinary listener to carry the tunes with him. It is also rare for the composer to be seen with two albums back to back within a month gap. Kochadaiiyan, the movie which is in news for a while, has Rajnikanth in an animated role. It is India’s first of its kind. So, obviously Rahman was expected to experiment with its music, but surprisingly he has kept it sweet and simple. Yes, sweet and simple, a very rare combo for him.

(Note: The album Kochadaiiyan is orginally composed and written in Tamil and is being translated for Hindi speaking listeners. The original lyrics is penned by Vairamuthu and Vaalee. The Hindi lyrics has been written by Irshad Kamil, Raqueeb Alam and Mehboob)Kochadaiiyaan

 

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Music: AR Rahman;  Music Label: Eros Music

 

1. Aye Jawaan – Singers: AR Rahman, AR Raihanna;  Lyrics: Mehboob

It’s two ARs singing the song together. No, not to be confused with that pop singer Rihanna. Raihanna is Rahman’s sister and mother of the music composer GV Prakash Kumar. Her vocals, particularly in this song, sounds stunning. She has not much role but whatever she got, sounded awesome in that. Often you have heard Rahman singing a soulful track. Here, he has attempted a different kind of track which is not niche` to his vocals. But what an incredible singing he has done! Marvelous! And what level of percussion has been used! It is vivacious. It will sound GRAND in theaters!

 

2. Dil Chaspiya – Singers: Arijit Singh, Jonita Gandhi;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Jonita’s vocal sounds too poor to give a good efficient start. As Arijit begins, everything comes into place. It stats with mild Rahman-ish Piano. The outstanding use of Tabla, Mrindangam and Matka create an old Rahman flavor. Mridangam actually resembles to that of Saawariya from Swades. Everybody was waiting for Arijit to sing for Rahman and when he actually did, the song witnessed an undying beauty. Interlude Violins and a systematic chorus increase its worth. It’s a soft romantic track with traditional Indian beauty and something which Rahman hasn’t composed for years.

 

3. Bol De – Singer: Javed Ali;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

This song will make every Rahman fan proud. Again incredible percussion! I didn’t like the first line as it is too dramatic to be digested but since it’s for an animated film, apt! Now, the best line is the line crooned by splendid chorus Badlaav zindagi mein soch se hi aayega. What a beautiful catchy line which makes you feel that you are listening to something precious. After listening multiple times, you actually would start crooning it and I bet you would love to do that! Lyrically this song is a gem! It’s a king of inspirational tracks. Specially the lines said in the dialogue form are full of enthusiasm and practicality. I don’t know whether Irshad Kamil just translated the Tamil lyrics or he has added his creation. The orchestra that Rahman used in the dialogues in the heavy trenching voice of Rajnikanth, is phenomenal! In the end, we hear a classical rhythm section played with sincerity. One of the most melodious inspirational tracks! Something to proud of! 

 

4. Vaada Vaada (Female) / Vaada Vaada (Male): Singer: Shashaa Tirupati / Karthik;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Though it would have sounded superb in the voice of Shreya Ghoshal but Sashaa Tirupati who have sung in few film albums, have crooned it nicely. The first line struck me immediately being resembled with the line Gin paayega unke gun koi kya, itne shabd hi kahaan hain from the old Rahman song Pal Pal Hai Bhaari (Swades). Here, he has used Shehnaayi/Naadaswaram in the typical way along with Thavil in percussion. A mild Manjeera like sound is continuously played resulting it to be a masterpiece arrangement. While both the versions are exactly same, I personally prefer the female one as the melody is more suitable for the female voice. Swades, Lagaan, Taal wala Rahman is back!

 

5. Mera Gham – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali;  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

It is the most classically oriented composition of the album. Shreya’s part is more free from instrument and Javed’s part has plenty of percussion which give the song a multi directional approach. Shreya brings this near-to-perfect composition perfectionism and Javed aptly supports her vocals being soothing throughout the track. It starts and ends in a similar way with Shreya’s off-instrumental vocals. The end, in particular is very well given a base with Taanpura and finally ends with a bell. Ting! Height of impressiveness!

 

6. Thandav – Singer: Chorus;  Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam 

Heavy use of percussion has been done, giving it an adorable rhythm. Rahman has always been excellent in managing his chorus, be it Ghanan Ghanan or Azeem-O-Shaan Shehenshah. It, I guess, must be an integral part of the background score and it deserves to get a place in the soundtrack as it’s  a brilliant effort by the whole Rahman team. Will surely be a rich experience for the movie goer. 

 

7. Rana’s Dream – Instrumental

It is again a part of the background score. It has been played by the London Sessions Orchestra. Flute with different brass instruments blended with the string section so well and they crossover each other beautifully as railway tracks do (a weird comparison though). You are gonna have a great time in theater. 

 

8. Aaya Khwaab Ka Mausam- Singer: Raghav Mathur;  Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam

Finally the first single release originally named as Engae Pogudho Vaanam is again a wonderful example for the use of heavy percussion. It was released in October last year and received great response. I would recommend you to listen the Tamil version as the Hindi version sounds very odd and the lyrics seem to be not fitted perfectly. Also, the Tamil Version has SP Balasubrahmanyam which is itself a delight to listen and also makes a huge difference from any other singer’s voice. It sounds like a war song and AR has created it showing his immense understanding of every kind of situation. A not-so-good translation makes it ordinary in Hindi but incredible in Tamil.

 

Kochadaiiyan is one of those few soundtracks which has the potential to live through generations. It’s a Tamil movie and therefore the songs originally are in Tamil but it’s good that they released the songs in Hindi and Telugu too to reach to wider listeners throughout India. Translating lyrics is one of the toughest job and lyricist always try to avoid this job due to the fear that they might go wrong. Swanand Kirkire made a huge regret for doing the translation of Robot songs. I don’t think Irshad Kamil would ever regret for this work because he has done a commendable job. Songs translated by him have words that beautifully blended with the tune and has not a single moment of oddness in them. AR Rahman, after a very long time, has composed songs like these which have traditional Indian melody and are far away from western music. Rahman kept his fusion mania far away from him, gave tunes which creates deja-vu experience and did things which he is known for. 

 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE  (Not to be included in Musical Sameekshaa Awards – Originally a Tamil album)

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

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